General Safety Manager - Assurance Function Grade 7
This is a rare opportunity to be part of exciting changes within the Defra Scientific Estate that benefits the whole nation.
The Defra Weybridge site hosts the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Veterinary Medicine Directorate (VMD) as well as being the administrative centre for the Regional Laboratories.
The APHA uses a wide range of specialist and complex scientific facilities within the estate and is responsible for central veterinary research and surveillance. The Defra Weybridge site is the largest facility in terms of size and complexity across the Defra network and is currently going through a process of major capital investment in order to enhance its scientific capability and to upgrade its research facilities for the future. The site is at the forefront of research into animal diseases. It is crucial in protecting the UK farming and food industries from the impact of animal disease and is responsible for ensuring that outbreaks of animal disease are successfully contained. The VMD are responsible for monitoring, testing, assessing, and controlling veterinary medicines and advising government ministers on policy accordingly.
Defra are rebuilding the approach to estates and facilities management, delivering the best potential, for our people and for our site. Our new estates team have a remit spanning the ever-evolving site, from high containment laboratories, to large capital projects. Within the estates is an Assurance Function whom are looking to build and develop a team to assure that the Defra Scientific Estates are Safe, Secure, and Compliant. As a key member of the Weybridge based team, you will enjoy rewarding and challenging work.
The primary purpose of this role is to provide Defra Scientific Estates with General Safety and Risk Management capability, including monitoring, audit and inspection, as they relate to safety and safe systems of work in Construction, Engineering, and Facilities Management within the Defra Scientific Estate. Measured continual improvement of site health and safety is required. The role sits within the Assurance Function and will support the Assurance Function through providing management and leadership for the development, implementation, and maintenance of general engineering and site safety systems and processes to ensure a high-quality customer service is provided to both internal and external stakeholders. The role will also support the Assurance function and other Assurance Function specialisms including biorisk management, environmental management, and functional safety management as they relate to the engineering, operation and maintenance of a microbiological containment environment. The role also offers the opportunity to personally develop in relation to safety and risk management as they relate to the Defra Scientific Estate.
Reporting to the Head of Assurance you will take a proactive approach to identifying the Defra Scientific Estate general safety management requirements and developing and implementing suitable policies, plans and processes to meet those requirements.
You will be required to work closely with senior and functional managers, including support services such as engineering and sub-contractors, to assess their needs and ensure the delivery of the General Safety Management plan.
You will also be required to work with a variety of committees to contribute towards the development of general site-wide safety management policies and objectives.
You will work closely with a number of external stakeholders, such as the local authorities and other government agencies, and represent the Defra Scientific Estate on matters related to health and safety management.
Whilst the post is located at Weybridge, it will require occasional travel and overnight stays to cover the regional laboratories across England and wider Defra liaison requirements.